Bereavement Care advice

19-Feb-2014 Valuable guidance :

When a diagnosis of cancer is made something profound happens

It happens to us and it happens to our loved ones. We are immediately shocked, we become numb. Unanswered questions sit uncomfortably in our bodies and in our minds. Suddenly our life becomes fragile and we embark on a new journey into spheres we had not previously given thought to.

As time progresses part of the journey is about experiencing and embracing grief. It involves facing the myriad of feelings and thoughts that are impossible to ignore. It involves dealing with fear - of the unknown, of the physical burdens, of the effects on loved ones and their relationship to us and to living with cancer. It involves our thoughts, our feelings and our bodies. Our grief can range in intensity from just a little worry to feelings of devastation. It follows no time line or rule. A hospital visit may appear a small concern to one person, yet may be devastating to another.

Whatever your thoughts, feelings and physical reactions may be, it is important that they are honoured through expression. You may be happy to do this in private or you may prefer a support group or a particular friend to speak with.

It is natural to be overwhelmed with grief on occasions although, if you find these feelings continue or you are particularly fearful over time, then speaking with a professional can be helpful. 

For assistance please call the Southern Highlands Bereavement Care Service on 4862 1701 or visit their website